İsmet İnn: The Making of a Turkish Statesman

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BRILL, 1998 - Social Science - 270 pages
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This highly original study of a Turkish statesman can be read as an introduction into Turkish politics. In his very clearly written and stimulating political biography of smet nn, Metin Heper presents to the reader a highly motivated, self-reflecting and self-conscious political leader. smet nn played a critical role in the founding of the Turkish Republic, further promoting Westernization, and the transition to and the consolidation of democracy in Turkey. This volume is the first treatise on this remarkable statesman in any Western language. It challenges such orthodox views on nn as his having played second fiddle vis-a-vis Ataturk and his having been a power-hungry politician with an authoritarian bend of mind. It is suggested that nn complemented Ataturk, and that, over time, he adopted liberal political views while remaining a staunch guardian of the premises such as secularism upon which the Turkish Republic rested. It is also argued that if his compatriots had paid closer attention to nn, they would have a more liberal conception of democracy and, at the same time, in politics they would have acted more prudently.

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Metin Heper, Ph.D. (1971), Syracuse University, is Professor of Political Science at Bilkent University, Ankara, and a founding member of the Turkish Academy of Sciences. Professor Heper, who earlier had been a Research Fellow at Harvard University, and Visiting Professor at Princeton University, is author of "The State Tradition in Turkey" and "Historical Dictionary of Turkey."